Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. explained on MSNBC on Tuesday afternoon that it was important for Democrats to let Americans keep their health care policies if they wanted to.

"The bottom line is the president said, if you have it, you can keep it," Manchin said. "We need to honor that."

Manchin explained that once the website was functioning properly, Americans could shop and compare their current plans with the policies offered by the health exchanges.

"We're the best shoppers in the world," Manchin said. "I can make a decision if you give me great value. If you give me good value and I want to pay a little more, I'll make that decision."

Manchin added that both he and his colleague Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., believe Americans should be able to keep their plans.

"It should be extended indefinitely if you already had it," he said.